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The Hide-and-Scare Bear    by Ivan Bates order for
Hide-and-Scare Bear
by Ivan Bates
Order:  USA  Can
Templar, 2016 (2016)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'There once lived a bear who was not very good. He didn't think about others or behave as he should.'

This is the opening of The Hide-and-Scare Bear and as you read on you discover that not only did this wayward bear pick his nose, gobble his food and never say please or thank you, but the worst thing he did was creep up on others and surprise them with a BIG ROAR.

This mischievous bear thought that this was great fun but all the other animals disagreed. They decided someone must approach this bear and explain to him that hide-and-scare behavior was not acceptable.

When no one volunteered, a quiet little rabbit stepped forward and said he would try to change the bear's bad behavior. Everyone believed that the rabbit would fail, but, as you'll see, he did succeed in making this boisterous bear a nicer individual.

I'll let you discover how the bunny brought about this miraculous transformation. This marvelous picture book with its excellent illustrations and transformative story line will work well with a youngster five and older. It has a solid message and will probably become one of your child's favorite books since not only is this an excellent story but the humorous pictures will elicit a few chuckles too.

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